|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Pagan and Christian Creeds by Edward Carpenter:
survives in a quite senseless form among some of our rural
populations, who will see their corn rot in the fields rather
than save it on a Sunday. It is quite likely that this taboo
in its first beginning was due not to any need of a weekly
rest-day (a need which could never be felt among nomad
savages, but would only occur in some kind of industrial
and stationary civilization), but to some superstitious fear,
connected with such things as the changes of the Moon,
and the probable ILL-LUCK of any enterprise undertaken on
the seventh day, or any day of Moon-change. It is probable,
however, that as time went on and Society became more
Pagan and Christian Creeds
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The $30,000 Bequest and Other Stories by Mark Twain:
the speech of Patrick Henry in the Virginia House of Delegates,
and many other old-time reminiscences of stirring interest.
Few white men die lamented as was this aged negro. The funeral
was very largely attended."
During the next ten or eleven years the subject of this sketch
appeared at intervals at Fourth-of-July celebrations in various
parts of the country, and was exhibited upon the rostrum with
flattering success. But in the fall of 1855 he died again.
The California papers thus speak of the event:
ANOTHER OLD HERO GONE
Died, at Dutch Flat, on the 7th of March, George (once the confidential
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Purse by Honore de Balzac:
There by chance he met one of his most intimate friends, a
school-fellow and studio-mate, with whom he had lived on better
terms than with a brother.
"Why, Hippolyte, what ails you?" asked Francois Souchet, the
young sculptor who had just won the first prize, and was soon to
set out for Italy.
"I am most unhappy," replied Hippolyte gravely.
"Nothing but a love affair can cause you grief. Money, glory,
respect--you lack nothing."
Insensibly the painter was led into confidences, and confessed